FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carrie Cason
March 30, 2011
GRAND PARK WILL BE OFFICIAL HOME FOR WESTFIELD YOUTH
WESTFIELD, IN - March 30, 2011 - Westfield Mayor Andy Cook announced today that Westfield's future Grand Park will be the home for Westfield youth and adult sports and recreation and fill current and future sporting needs for local organizations for years to come. Westfield Youth Sports (WYSI) and Westfield Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) will officially call Westfield's future Grand Park Sports Campus their home. WYSI is a premier youth sporting organization providing baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, lacrosse, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. All of their outdoor sports will be located in Grand Park. WYSA is a leading youth sporting organization for youth and adult soccer, and will be Grand Park's anchor for soccer. Both are well-known organizations which will bring players, spectators and families to Grand Park. Board members from both organizations have been involved in the Grand Park planning process since the inception of the Westfield Sports Commission.
Being an integral part of Grand Park will be an enormous benefit because local games, daily practices and activities will all occur in a centralized area. Additionally, it will provide new restaurants, grocery, medical and other services to parents, children and spectators with the one-stop-shop location. Furthermore, saving travel time, energy and expenses with one location, as well as income from tournaments and commercial development, will result in affordable participation for the youth and adults of Westfield and the ability to practice and play on the best quality facilities in the State.
WYSA is one of the largest full service youth to adult premier soccer organizations in the State of Indiana as well as the region. WYSA provides programs for ages four to 74 with its recreational program for all ages; an academy program for developing seven and eight year old players, a travel program for competitive players ages eight and up and an adult program for those who wish to continue playing after their competitive days are over. Additionally, each summer WYSA hosts soccer camps designed to improve player skills and let the kids have fun. WYSA serves more than 2,000 local athletes annually; 150 of those are adults.
"Grand Park stands to become a pivotal milestone in WYSA's history," said WYSA Board President Mark Anderson. "It is impossible to underestimate the impact of permanent fields and an indoor, state-of-the-art training facility. Such facilities will allow the club to offer year round training and multiple sports opportunities. WYSA leaders envision a future of hosting more state, regional, and national-level competitions drawing top players from around the country."
WYSI is a 20-year old non-profit organization that provides youth sports programs to school-age children living within the Westfield Washington Schools district. WYSI has recreational and travel sport programs and approximately 2400 youth between the ages of four and 14 participate in WYSI programs.
"WYSI will be excited to call Grand Park home for its baseball, softball, football and lacrosse programs," says Dave Schmitz, WYSI Board President. "Grand Park will help Westfield families in two ways - it will meet local youth sport needs by providing state-of-the-art fields in one location, and it will be of a size and scope to allow Westfield to be a national player in the travel sports industry."
"We want our residents to know that Grand Park will not only be the home of large stakeholders with travel team operations, but also the home for Westfield youth and adult sports and recreation," says Mayor Andy Cook. "Grand Park will enable us to meet the needs of our community, which is certainly one of our highest priorities, while attracting outside visitors and economic development with regional and national tournaments."
GRAND PARK BACKGROUNDER:
The Grand Park Sports Campus is a planned 350-acre development sure to become a family destination like no other. Grand Park will feature a full-range of championship-level facilities including 26 outdoor baseball and softball fields - turf and grass, 32 outdoor soccer, lacrosse, football, rugby and field hockey fields -turf and grass, and an indoor facility. The fields will be surrounded by dining, retail and entertainment venues, all geared toward supporting and enhancing the family sports atmosphere and experience.
The City of Westfield announced earlier this year that the LIDS Indiana Bulls will make Grand Park their home, bringing 1500 teams and over 100,000 people annually. City officials expect to make more announcements in the near future about additional anchors and stakeholders.